Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Have Quick Charge 2.0, Not The Latest 3.0: Why?


The best Android phones money can buy right now are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

The pair packs all the bells and whistles of what's expected of today's smartphones without getting too gimmicky, and is a refinement already great phone-building of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

However, there's one feature that all of its competitors have or will have that Samsung's latest flagships lack, and that's Quick Charge 3.0.

Quick Charge 3.0 is Qualcomm's latest in Quick Charge technology that's supported on the Snapdragon 820 chipset. Yes, that's the very same chipset that also powers the S7 and S7 Edge. Unfortunately, Samsung's own Exynos 8 processor doesn't support the feature. That's where the problem lies.

Since both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are powered by either the Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8 processor around the world, the Korean smartphone maker kept things consistent across the board and stuck with the Quick Charge 2.0 tech on both processors.

Now, it's not that Quick Charge 2.0 is a slouch at charging devices — it's still actually quite speedy — but it will probably take a little bit longer to charge the S7's 3,000 mAh battery and a little longer than that with the S7's heftier 3,600 mAh battery.

Using Samsung's Fast Charge Qi chargers with the S7 and S7 Edge will also help boost battery charging speeds, while also being super convenient, but attempting to use Quick Charge 3.0 chargers on the devices will nonetheless yield Quick Charge 2.0 juicing rates.

In comparison, Quick Charge 3.0 is generally about 45 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. For fans who like fanning the flames between their chosen handset versus others, this feature is one that will certainly come up against the S7 and S7 Edge.

LG's G5, for example, also uses the latest Snapdragon 820 processor and supports Quick Charge 3.0. In the keyboard war of words, LG fans can always point out that the modular G5 can go from zero percent up to an 80 percent charge in just half an hour. In that same amount of time, Samsung supporters will still be stuck just halfway through a complete charge.

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